Don’t Foreget your Pets on Valentines Day

If your best pal is your pet, then some holiday pampering may be in order.

1. Try making your pet some Biscuits or Treats. They will love you for it. Here is a simple recipe for Doggie Treats and one for your favorite feline.

2. Buy them a new toy. Check out the 8 Best Valentines Gifts for Your Cat! and DogToys.com has some toys yours doggie will love.

3. Treat your furry friend to a day at the spa. Check your yellow pages or the internet for local listings.

4. Bake them a Puppy Cake. The cake mix for dogs.

5. Catsplay.com offers a wide variety of gift baskets for your pet, including dogs. Or make your own basket full of goodies.

6. Take your dog to the dog park for day of fun with other doggie friends. Quality time with your pet is the most important thing you can do for them.

7. Take them for a dental check-up. If you’ve never had your veterinarian check your pet’s teeth, your pet is long overdue. February is National Pet Dental Health Month.

8. Whatever you do on Valentines Day for your pet, remember to keep them away from the human Valentines goodies and gift wrap. This holiday often brings special cards and gifts decorated with ribbons, tinsel, or yarn. Although cats love to play with string and tinsel, these “toys” can cause serious damage to your cat’s intestines if swallowed. Make sure your special gifts stay out of your cat’s reach! Keep your dogs and cats away from chocolate also. A ten pound dog can come away with vomiting/diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate from just two ounces of baking chocolate or 20 ounces of milk chocolate.

10 Unique Valentines Gifts For Your Love

1. Lover’s PaintboxThese “paints” are actually sensual chocolates – dark, milk, and white- that are a joy to spread over skin and are completely edible.

2. Sexy Valentine’s Day Costumes – Become other people during a private weekend away together.

3. zChocolate Hand-made French Chocolates –  Whether your loved one is counting carbs or a fervent chocoholic, this is their once-a-year opportunity to take unashamed pleasure in a decadent chocolate treat.

4. Customized Fruit Roll-Ups – Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups® printed with “Happy Fruit Anniversary” and “I Love You” right on them!

5. I’m Nuts About You Key RingThe perfect Valentine’s Day gift – a brass keyring / keychain includes a red pouch imprinted with two intertwined hearts and “Im nuts about you!”.

6. Personalized Lovopoly Gamesheet – Customize the perfect gift with your own special photos and memories. This gift is great for any loved ones and will be remembered forever. It’s intimate, affordable and fun.

7. 6 Naughty Cookies, perfect for Valentines Day – 6 Hand Decorated Sugar cookies.

8. Strip ChocolateStrip Chocolate is the sensual way to enjoy your dessert: Two “players” roll the dice and draw cards to determine who strips and who gets painted with frosting. The last one wearing clothes wins – or do they lose?

9. Lovin It! Personalized Boxer ShortsOur classic Boxer Shorts are custom made for him alone with a bright red heart, personalized with the name (or nickname!) of his significant someone across the front!

10. I’m Yours Tonight Personalized ShortiesLet him know what’s on your mind with our exclusive I’m Yours Tonight© Personalized Shorties!

15 Simple Ways to Say I LOVE YOU

Valentines Day is only 23 days away! Have you thought about how you want to show your love to your special valentine?

Here are 15 ways to say I Love You!

1. Make them breakfast in bed – You may have to get up early to achieve this one, but aren’t they are worth it. And don’t forget to clean up after yourself.

2. Make your own Valentines Day card – Check out this unique valentine from Martha Stewart. Hand made means so much more.

3. Write a little love note on the bathroom mirror in your favorite lip stick or eye liner.

4. Leave a love note in their lunch or briefcase.

5. Write them a love poem and leave it where only they can find it.

6. Give them flowers – They don’t have to be expensive or even real. Check out Creature Comforts for a Pretty Paper Flowers Tutorial.

7. Give them some Love couponsLinks 2 Love have some free printable Love Coupons.

8. Brag to your friends about your lover.

9. Surprise them with a night out, and a babysitter all lined up and ready to go when they get home from work.

10. Listen to them and Encourage their dreams.

11. Take a day off work to spend with the one you love.

12. Take interest in the things they love – Ask questions, try it, sincerely listen.

13. Share some conversation hearts with your sweet heart.

14. Work out together – Feel good endorphins generate closeness and promote healthy living.

15. Slip a Hershey’s Kiss and a Hershey’s Hug in their coat pocket.

New Years Resolution Help

2009 is only two days away and I am thinking about New Years Resolutions. Listed below are the most popular Resolutions according to USA.gov. Next to each resolution is a website to help you accomplish your goal.

1. Losing Weight – Over at LifeHacker.com they have an article on How Eating Slowly Will Help You Lose Weight. Adding this to a regular exercise routine will get you on your way to your ideal weight in no time.

2. Saving Money – The Dough Roller has 75 Painless Money-Saving Tips.

3. Get a Better JobMonster is the leading global online careers property that has changed the way people look for jobs; the way employers look for people; and the way companies connect with their target audience. It wont be hard to find the perfect job for you with the help of Monster.

4. Get FitStaying Fit and Changing Your Lifestyle, an article from Suite 101 has 5 easy steps to keeping yourself fit and feeling great.

5. Eat Right – Eating right can help with a number of illnesses and diseases. At everydaychoices.org they help you see that one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from diseases/illnesses is to eat a healthy diet, whether or not you have a family history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke, what you eat – and how much you eat – can help reduce your risk.

6. Get a Better Education – According to a Harvard study, better-educated people are enjoying longer lifespans while those with high school diplomas or less are falling further behind. Check out the article from Boston.com.

7. Drink Less – Check out this advice from mydr.com on How to Drink Less Alcohol.

8. Quit SmokingSmokefree.gov allows you to choose the help that best fits your needs. Different people need different resources as they try to quit. Check them out and find the solution for you.

9. Reduce Stress LevelStress Relievers: 25 Ways to Reduce Stress.

10.  Reduce Stress at WorkHow to Help Reduce Stress at Work.

11. Volunteer to Help Others VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.

Stocking Stuffer Help

For KidsHightlights for Children: Highlights for Children delivers puzzles, science projects, jokes and riddles that challenge young minds. Remote Control Helicopter: Ultra-light body and easy-to-use remote control make it a breeze to jump right in and start flying air “missions.”

For TeensChicken Poop Free Range Lip Balm: Fix chapped lips with this funnily-named, popular product. No nonsense, just 100% pure moisturizing relief. ViraBass Earbuds: They feature built-in bass ports that provide an amazing bass response that you can actually feel. The padded earbud design provides a secure fit and exceptional comfort, even after hours of use.

For a ManReadyLight Hand-Crank and Solar-Powered Light: Just crank 30 seconds for for approximately 5 minutes of light—or charge it using indoor or outdoor light. Three super-bright LEDs last for 100,000 hours. The rechargeable battery never needs replacing. Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men: Cleanse, shave and moisturize with the power of all-natural botanicals, pure extracts and essential oils, Sunflower and Coconut oils cleanse, Aloe and Vitamin E moisturize and soothe, and Citrus, Cypress and Fir oils naturally scent and invigorate skin.

For a WomanFresh Sugar Lip Treatment: SPF 15 treatment glides on your lips, imparting delectable, dependable moisture. Long Fingerless Gloves: Long, rib-knit cuffs style fingerless mitts knit in a soft chunky yarn. Wool/Acrylic mix.

For the CookAmish Cake Tester: Handmade by Amish artisans in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, these authentic corn-husk straws are used to test the readiness of a cake. Cooking Light Magazine: Cook better, look better and feel better with recipes that are tempting to serve and taste great! Give up nothing except fat and calories. Get fitness ideas that are fun and easy.

For the Sports FanStainless Steel Water Bottle: Rugged, double-walled stainless-steel construction stands up to abuse, keeps drinks away from plastic tastes and chemicals, and keeps beverages cooler longer.

Don’t Fret – Last Minute Gifts Guaranteed to Arrive by Christmas

Over at MSN.com I found an article with 3 pages of great last minute gift ideas, the date you need to purchase them by to receive them before Christmas and specials they are running. Some you can even order as late as December 23 to recieve them by the 24th. Check out Procrastination Central at MSN.com.

If you are ordering from Amazon you can check out their Christmas Ordering Cutoffs for details on when to order and with what kind of shipping you will need to use. They offer one-day shipping on December 23, the last possible day you can order on-line.

AskMen.com offers some suggestions for how to make that last-minute shopping experience easier, quicker and headache-free.They tell you were to head and what to buy depending on how much time you have left.

Check out msnbc.coms article: Stop despairing, holiday procrastinators! 10 low-stree gift-shopping tips for those who wait until the last minute. This article has real practical ways to get your holiday shopping done without all the stress.

Sit back relax and take the advice from these articles and get your holiday shopping done. Don’t get stuck buying your Christmas gifts at your local gas station.

The 5 Best Online Christmas Deal Sites

1. SlickDeals.net – Slickdeals.net is a free, user-driven deal sharing site with a mission to provide consumers an avenue to collaborate and share information in order to make the best shopping decisions. They also have over 800 coupons for all your favorite online stores. Browse around and you’re bound to save more than a few bucks! They also have a deal alert you can sign up for so that you never miss a deal again.

2. Dealio.com – Dealio is your source for the best deals on anything, anywhere. Search for deals directly from the Web site or use the arsenal of FREE deal hunting tools to find the best deals while you’re on the go.

3. Deal Catcher – DealCatcher is an online community that helps shoppers save money and make educated purchases. On the site you will find online coupons, products, sales, reviews, and rebates. The site is updated throughout the day by its staff and forum members. They are dedicated to providing you with the tools needed to find the best deals online.

4. GoDeals.com – GoDeals.com is updated daily with new bargains, clearance items. online shopping deals, sales, coupon codes and other discount offers.

5. Deals Plus – DealsPlus is an online social shopping website that offers a unique setting for users to share deals, coupons, shopping tips, and organize their shopping lists. DealsPlus is socially-driven, which means the best deals are hand-picked by our users.

Best Gift Card Deals for the Holidays

Everyone loves to receive a gift card, making them the easiest gift to give. We also like to get something in return, so I’m here to share with you the gift card deals that I found where you not only get to give but you also get to receive.

Costco is offering many gift cards at a reduced price. $100 worth of Starbucks gift cards for $79.99. $60 worth of itunes gift cards for $54.99. Two $50 gift cards for McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Restaurant for $79.99. And the list goes on. Check out the great deals at your local Costco.

Denny’s – Free $5 Gift Card when you buy a $25 Gift Card.

Red Robin – Receive $5 in Bonus Bucks for every $25 in Red Robin Gift Cards Purchased or receive a 20% discount for every $500 in Red Robin Gift Cards Purchased.

Outback Steakhouse – Purchase $100 in Outback Gift Cards and get a bonus $20 Gift Card.

California Pizza Kitchen – Purchase $100 in CPK gift cards and receive a $20 CPK rewards card.

Mortons Steakhouse – Receive a $100 bonus gift card for every $500 in gift cards purchased.

Buca di Beppo – Earn a $25 Reward Card with every $100 purchase!

Papa Johns – Get a free medium 1-topping pizza when you purchase $25 in gift cards.

Benihana – If you purchase a $100 Benihana Gift Card you’ll receive a complimentary “Benihana Delight” entrée on your next visit to Benihana. If you buy a $50 gift card, you’ll get a complimentary Benihana Roll on your next visit to Benihana.

Delicious Holiday Recipes From Joy The Baker

Its Christmas and the one of the many things I love about this time of year is the constant smell of something sweet coming from my kitchen. With the cold outdoors and the warmth inside; holiday breads, scrumptious cookies and delicate sweets are always welcome.

The Internet is full of great recipe clad websites but I have found one that draws you in and simply nudges you to make all the tantalizing recipes she posts! Now this is great for family gatherings, parties or potlucks but when its every night, as it is in our house, well the pounds don’t come off as easily as they slip on.

Please check out all the yummy recipes, listen to Joy tell a story or two and enjoy the amazing photos at JoyThe Baker.com.

Some of my favorite Joy The Baker recipes:

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Cookies

Apple Cranberry Holiday Cake

The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Almond Banana Bread

Many of Joys recipes would make great treats for handing out to your neighbors. Make your grocery list and start baking up your holiday goodies for neighborly gifts and you will be the talk of the town!

Photos Courtesy of Joy The Baker

The Art of Re-gifting – 5 Simple Tips

It is said that 70% of Americans re-gift during the holidays, with a majority of those re-gifters being female. If that is true than that would mean that we all have at some point probably received a gift that at one time was intended for the giver. Don’t let this bother you, join in the fun and be a re-gifter. I am sure you can find some items around your house that you have never used.

There are big benefits to re-gifting. If you are never going to use the item, and its just sitting around, than why not re-gift it to someone who will get use out of it. The money saved and the environmental impact of recycling and reusing are great benefits!

Here are some practical tips on re-gifting:

1. Remember to check inside the box before gift wrapping. I have heard it been done before, someone wrapped a gift without first looking inside and the receiver opened it to find a wedding card inside addressed to the giver of the gift. Now that’s embarrassing! Always check to make sure you didn’t leave any old cards inside before wrapping!

2. If the item is still in a box of some sort, make sure all the old wrapping paper is off and no visible signs of re-gifting is apparent.

3. Never re-gift handmade items or items made specifically for you. If its monogrammed or a book is signed with your name, these are not acceptable gifts to re-gift.

4. Remember who gave you the item! If you don’t remember, than its best not to re-gift it. You don’t want to give a gift back to the person who gave it to you.

5. Always give the gift with good intention, as you would a new gift. Give it because you honestly feel the recipient would enjoy it.

Check out Regiftable.com for some great re-gifting stories and vote for your favorite!